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Achievements of the ARIADNE Initiative for Archaeological Data Sharing and Research

Guntram Geser

Cite this as: Geser, G. 2023 Achievements of the ARIADNE Initiative for Archaeological Data Sharing and Research, Internet Archaeology 64.


The overall objective of the ARIADNE initiative is to help archaeological research and data management communities in Europe and beyond to more effectively share and use data that are dispersed across many institutions and projects. The initiative developed Research Infrastructure services that enable aggregation, integration, search and visualisation of data records that describe and link to data collections and items available in the providers' repositories and databases.

Funded under the Research Infrastructures strand of the European Union's Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, the ARIADNE projects implemented and enhanced the ARIADNE Research Infrastructure and mobilised a growing community of institutions and collaborative projects interested in sharing data through the e-Infrastructure. In the ARIADNEplus project almost 4 million data records were integrated in the ARIADNE Portal.

Following a brief introduction to the ARIADNE initiative, this article presents selected achievements of the initiative with the ARIADNEplus project. It addresses the extension and support of the ARIADNE community, the activities promoting FAIR data in archaeology, and the standardisation of datasets based on the CIDOC CRM and the domain vocabularies Getty AAT and PeriodO. It considers the ARIADNE Portal as an effective data access and research tool, and the development of Virtual Research Environments as a new innovative approach.

The final remarks highlight the ability of the ARIADNE initiative to provide incentives for institutions and projects to share their data and make it useful through the ARIADNE Portal, which leverages the value of the providers' repositories and databases. Furthermore, ways in which ARIADNE fosters cross-disciplinary fertilisation are noted, for example, between scholars and technological developers of research services.

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  • Keywords: Data portal, data sharing, FAIR data, data standardisation, research infrastructures, virtual research environments
  • Accepted: 26 July 2023. Published: 31 October 2023
  • Funding: This article was funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 ARIADNEplus grant agreement n. 823914.
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Salzburg Research Institute, Austria

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Figure 1: Extension of the ARIADNE network of partners in European and other countries. Map created with Green: countries with ARIADNE and ARIADNEplus consortium members and associate partner institutions. Yellow: countries not yet with associate partners. Not represented: United States, Argentina, Japan and Israel, with consortium members in ARIADNEplus, and associate projects with international partners

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